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What is a Mommy Makeover?

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Child bearing is a beautiful creation in life but the changes due to a mother’s body may not be too beautiful. Multiple pregnancies may change the women’s body that is no longer as attractive as before. A lot of mother’s struggle with their new body and can not fix it with exercise and dieting. The area of the body that is dramatically affected is the breast and the abdomen or tummy. The Mommy Makeover focuses on reversing the shape of the breast and abdomen to a new and more attractive shape.

A typical Mommy Makeover includes 3 procedures:

  • Standard Tummy Tuck or Extended Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Breast Augmentation with or without some type of breast lift.


Why these 3 procedures?

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Well during 9 months of childbearing, a mother’s abdomen is stretched which causes loss of abdominal wall muscles tone and or diastasis (separation of the rectus abdominus muscle). In addition, pregnancy may create excess or redundant skin hanging down the abdominal region. The inner girdle that holds the internal organs gets stretched. Many mothers will try to do extensive exercising and dieting but even exercising cannot get rid of the redundant or hanging skin or correct the problem of the  abdominal wall muscles. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat and tightens the fascia of the abdominal muscles/ wall. The incision is made below the upper aspect of the pubic hairline, low enough to cover the incision with bikini, pants and under garments. This procedure will also help or eliminate stretch marks immediately above the belly button down to the pubic hairline. Dr Kalantarian (OC Dr K) performs a high tension abdominoplasty / a high definition abdominoplasty. Dr Kalantarian Plastic Surgery in Orange County is one of the leading plastic surgery offices that has perfomed over 2,000 abdominoplasty in the past 20 years. Dr Kalantarian (OC DR K) is a board Certified plastic surgeon who is highly qualified to perform this procedure. HE uses the latest and newest techniques and instrumentations to sculpture your body and transform your body to a new body. In Dr Kalantarian’s (OC Dr K) hands complication rate are extremely rare.

Liposculpting: we use Liposuction to improve the figure of the hips, waist line and thighs. Dr Kalantarian (OC Dr K), a highly skilled and board certified plastic surgeon, uses proven techniques to performs lipo-sculpting of your body. Dr Kalantarian (OC Dr K)  combines lipo-sculpting with tummy tuck or abdominoplasty in an attempt to create an hour glass shape at the level of waist or lower abdominal flanks.  Liposuction targets the stubborn fat that does not respond to dieting and exercise. Weight gain is very common during pregnancy. The goal of liposuction is to remove the fat build up in troubled areas and sculpture the body and try to create a more attractive shape.


Breast Augmentation

After pregnancy, a woman’s breast can change dramatically. Breast Augmentation procedure is also needed to gain back a mother’s pre-baby body. During pregnancy, breast milk is produced which eventually after breastfeeding will often reduce in size and leave excess skin with a flat upper region. Breast feeding can result in saggy breasts. In some cases, mother’s may need a breast lift. Undergoing Breast Augmentation, will enhance the size and shape of a mother’s breasts.


These 3 procedures are a great combination and are highly recommended. These procedures are done to achieve major changes in the body. Dr. Kalantarian (Dr. K) Plastic Surgery in Orange County (OC Dr. K) specializes in the Mommy Makeover and will give patients the best results. If you struggle with childbearing changes, call us today to schedule a free consultation!

For more information visit or call our office (714) 444-4495.



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What is Brachioplasty?

What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is an arm lift surgical procedure to reduce excess skin and tightens the upper arm.

People who have this condition either are fluctuating in weight,  or growing older or both.  But for some people it is heredity. This condition have the appearance of droopy and saggy arms and can not be corrected through exercise.  The incisions are made on the inside of the arm or back of the arm. Liposuction is performed to discard the fat. Depending on your condition will determine the length and pattern of the incision. This procedure has to be under anesthesia.

As results, your arm will become tighter and smoother. You will have more of a define, contoured arm.

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Stop Feeling Bad About Your Neck!

When your swan-like neck turns into a “turkey wattle” here are options worth considering.

As we age it’s a strong bet that many of us will start to feel “bad” about our necks — and for good reason. A once swanlike neck that starts to accumulate fat, wrinkles and vertical banding as we grow older is hardly the stuff of dreams. And when that tight as a baby’s bottom jawline starts to display jowls, a double chin, and/or a “turkey wattle” you’ll need that neck scarf to wipe away the tears.

The sweet bird of youth may have flown the coop, but you don’t necessarily have to cop to it. You chose to address your neck issues by sporting turtlenecks, but there are other more proactive approaches one can take — like visiting your plastic surgeon to discuss the combo of procedures available, collectively referred to as a neck lift.

Not exactly a “one-size-fits-all” procedure, a neck lift is meant to improve the appearance of the neck by tightening the skin and underlying muscles and by enhancing the contour of the jawline through a combination of procedures aimed at producing a tighter and more youthful appearance. Doctors typically rely on a combination of liposuction, platysmaplasty and cervicoplasty to achieve the desired results.

For example, a patient with only a small amount of excess fat under the chin may only require liposuction while other patients, particularly those with banding or a “turkey wattle” may benefit from platysmaplasty, which adjusts the platysma muscle that crisscrosses the neck. Still other patients may require cervicoplasty to address loose sagging skin on the jawline and neck. The latter two, being more invasive and lengthy procedures, will likely result in a longer recovery time, and oftentimes are done in-tandem with other facial rejuvenation procedures.

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Face and neck lift before and after photos of Dr. Kalantarian’s patients.

The pros are self-evident: an improved neck, jawline and even profile.

The cons: bruising and swelling, your neck may feel tight for a few months after the procedure, and your neck will look so darn fabulous that other signs of aging may appear more prominent.

A consultation with your aesthetic surgeon will help determine which procedures will offer the most benefit for you depending on a combination of factors, including: the laxity of your skin, your own fat accumulation, your expectations, and your general health.

So if you’re feeling “bad about your neck,” don’t hide away in a turtleneck sweater and pen an essay about your endless suffering. Instead, simply make an appointment with your board-certified plastic surgeon and talk about today’s wide variety of surgical options. Your neck will thank you.

Treating the under eye area with soft tissue fillers

Under eye circles and puffiness can work together to create a tired appearance, making a young face look old and an older face appear even older. Many women obsess about under eye problems, creating a market for an endless and confusing array of products, including creams, gels, concealers, brighteners and rollerballs.

Lower lid blepharoplasty, which removes excess under eye skin and fat is a tried, true and well respected surgical option, but recently a nonsurgical fix has emerged. Hyaluronic acid, marketed as Restylane, Juvéderm and other soft tissue fillers, can be injected into the tear trough (crescent-shaped under eye area) to rejuvenate the appearance of the under eye area.

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Advantages of injecting soft tissue fillers in the under eye area

The overall aim for soft tissue filler injections in the under eye area is to improve rhytids (wrinkles) and thinning under eye skin (which leads to sagging), and to decrease bulging under eye fat as well as the tear trough depression. Here is some more information:

  • In the early 90s, plastic surgeons began to use fat, which was removed during blepharoplasty, to fill in the tear trough depression. This usually led to swelling for several weeks and occasional problems with lumpiness in the lower eyelids. With Restylane or Juvederm, if you are unhappy with results, you don’t have to wait. Results can be altered with Hyaluronidase; this product dissolves and degrades the hyaluronic acid product to reverse the results of the injections.
  • Soft tissue fillers may not only add volume to the depression of the tear trough, but can also be used to thicken the anterior lamella (lower eyelid skin and orbicularis muscle) of the lower eyelid, which can in turn hide a lot of the aging changes underneath.

 Success of under eye injections depends on the skills of the injector

Injecting dermal fillers under the eye is a very “technique-dependent” procedure.

  • If you’re young, with significant tear-trough deformities, your problems are not due to thinning. A 22-years-old has a nice thick dermis, but may have a volume problem, so your practitioner may use a fairly deep injection technique.
  • If you have severe tear-trough deformities and a lot of thinning of the soft tissues, your physician may use a “sandwich technique,” putting a large, thin, superficial sheet above the orbicularis oculi muscle (closes the eye) and then a similar sheet immediately below the orbicularis oculi, making a sandwich out of that muscle between sheets of the filler. This allows for more product in the area and also allows for more thickening of the soft tissues, which helps to hide a lot of the underlying aging problems across the entire lower orbit.

Bottom line: Find a physician who is board-certified in an appropriate specialty and then make sure that he or she has a long history of performing this procedure.

Who is the ideal candidate for under eye injections?

  • If you have a significant excess of bulging lower eyelid fat, you are not a good candidate. You would probably do better with a lower-lid blepharoplasty.
  • Any age is appropriate.
  • Men and women are appropriate. Women usually have a little more problem with thinning of the dermis; however, as men age, they have this problem too.
  • Fillers are also appropriate if you have had a previous lower eyelid surgery and now appear too hollow. Fillers can restore volume nicely.
  • For an older patient with almost translucent skin, fillers will not result in a perfectly smooth eyelid. The goal may be to decrease the apparent depth of the tear trough.
  •  If your biggest problem is dark circles and not a puffy fat pad, be aware that this treatment is not a skin-lightening procedure. It will help with the shadowing, which contributes to dark under eye circles.
  • If you are looking for something permanent, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty.

How will you look following this procedure?

  • You will probably be asked to come back to the office between 10 days and two weeks after your procedure because of the most common complaint – irregularities or lumpiness in the under eye area. Your doctor can probably remove this with a little pressure.
  • Your lower eyelids will not look good for about three days after treatment; this is not a zero-downtime procedure.
  • You may not look perfect after three days, but you should probably feel comfortable being seen.
  • The small lumps or bumps are typically visible for a few days but they are almost always gone by 10 days or two weeks.

Plastic Surgery for Beginners

There was a time when if you had a health concern, you would make an appointment and “ask the doctor.” Your doctor was a kindly, unassuming figure dangling a stethoscope and wielding a cylindrical little rocket that he inserted in your ears. Then he shoved the tongue depressor down your throat, made you say, “Ahhh…” and declared “Nothing that a few days rest won’t take care of.” But that was then.

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Today, when something’s wrong you fortify yourself with a snack and hunker down in the glow of the Internet, indulging in uncertainty, conjecture and self-diagnosis only to emerge hours later with a headache and the name of a specialist. He (or she) will not only peer down your throat but also order a battery of diagnostic tests. Two weeks later, when results are in, you return to the specialist who will probably tell you, “You need a couple of days of rest.”

Cosmetic surgery is a specialty apart from all others. Endoscopy, colonoscopy and appendectomy are not advertised as life changing procedures, but plastic surgery is. There’s a constant barrage of Internet, TV and print ads that suggest you will enhance your life if you sculpt, enhance, whittle and lift your various body parts. Ads offer plastic surgery vacations, bargain basement liposuction, noninvasive miracle procedures, Botox parties and the do-it-yourself Botox kit.

On the other hand, the press bombards you with plastic surgery horror stories. Recent plastic surgery headlines involve a breast implant scandal in Europe involving unsafe implant materials, reports of butt augmentations gone wrong and stories about unqualified practitioners practicing in less than hygienic surroundings.

Once you make the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure, you can’t simply go to your neighborhood surgeon (those days are gone), but there’s no reason to get overwhelmed with advertising or plastic surgery in the media.

Plastic Surgery 101     The only way to deal with plastic surgery advertising is to be a safe and educated consumer. An educated consumer is not vulnerable to charlatans, false advertising and unrealistic promises.

Here is the most important plastic surgery advice: Your cosmetic procedure must be performed by a licensed physician with proper credentials operating in an accredited facility. Do not get stuck on the Internet pursuing plastic surgery offers. Instead, seek out a professional organization for information and referrals. ASAPS is one such organization; their mission is “educate the public that in the right hands, in the right setting, and on the right patient, cosmetic surgery can have profound physical and psychosocial benefits.”

 The right hands  If you’re confused about finding a plastic surgeon, you’ve got good reason. Anybody can claim to be a doctor, cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon. Your first priority is to check a physician’s credentials to see that his training and certification is appropriate for the procedure you want. Dr. Kalantarian is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon & ASAPS member. Certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) ensures in-depth surgical training in all aspects of plastic surgery. U.S. or Canadian membership in The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) means a surgeon is ABPS-certified and has met additional requirements for continuing education and experience in cosmetic surgery.

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Visit our page to look at Dr.K’s patient before and after photos for all types of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.

The right setting   Accredited office-based facilities have a safety record comparable to hospital ambulatory surgery settings. If you select a board-certified plastic surgeon from the ASAPS database “Find-a-Surgeon,” you can be sure that the member-surgeons use accredited office-based surgical facilities. Otherwise, ask these questions to make sure your office-based cosmetic surgery is performed in a setting that is safe:

  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state recognized accrediting agency, or is it state licensed or Medicare certified? Nationally recognized accrediting agencies include the American Society for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
  • Does your surgeon have privileges at an accredited acute care hospital for the specific procedure you are undergoing?
  • If your procedure involves sedation, will it be monitored by registered nursing personnel? If general anesthesia is used it must be administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
  • Are the emergency equipment and anesthesia monitoring devices in the surgical facility equivalent to those that would be necessary for the same surgical procedure performed in a hospital or freestanding ambulatory surgery center?
  • Are provisions made for hospital admission in the event of unforeseen complications?There should be a separate recovery area with monitoring equipment equal to that required by a hospital or ambulatory surgery facility.
  • Will there be a doctor and a registered nurse at the site until you are recovered?
  • Will the surgeon determine when you are discharged?
 The right patient   If you suffer from obesity and consult with a plastic surgeon about liposuction as a way of removing excess pounds and giving you the body you dream of, a good plastic surgeon will tell you to go home and go on a diet. Similarly, if your face is weathered and heavily lined from years of sun exposure and you think a little Botox is your answer the right surgeon will suggest a more realistic treatment. Even more important, the right doctor will not operate on you unless he gets medical clearance from your internist, heart doctor or anyone else who is treating you for a serious medical condition. Simply, as consumers, we are not always the best judges of whether or not we are the “right patient” for a procedure. Remember, you need to be in the right hands in a safe setting, but you also need to be a good candidate for the procedure you’re undergoing. Your first step is consultation with a board-certified practitioner.

Good weather never makes top headlines and neither does good plastic surgery. Good plastic surgery is a specialty that rarely gets notice because it is not very noticeable. And that ideal, pursued in a safe setting, is what you’re seeking.

Facelift – Orange County Rhytidectomy Procedure

FaceliftAre you looking for a way to eliminate the sagging and drooping skin on your face? Sagging in the middle area of the face appears as deep lines around the nose and cheeks. Jowls occur when the cheeks droop and cause a break in the jawline. If these developments concern you, a facelift may be ideal.

The face lift may also be combined with other procedures like an eye or brow lift to create a more complete rejuvenation. Consult with a Board Certified plastic surgeon like Dr. K , expert in Cosmetic and plastic surgery, to determine what procedures will help you achieve the best results. A face lift is offered in a variety of techniques. Incisions can be made just under the ears, up towards the hairline, or behind the ears to include a neck lift. Additional dermal injections or fat transfer may be used to create volume and fill wrinkles.

Contact us at our office in O.C. if you’d like more information.